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Research Workshop / A glimpse into the prison house – Insights from architecture and criminology 4/03

Research Workshop*
A glimpse into the prison house
Insights from architecture and criminology

Taking the family as its social model and the family house as a reference, the Prison House – a genre that includes a range of homely small-scale facilities, such as transition, halfway, youth, and detention houses – is often commented upon as a neutralisation through architecture of the monumental and institutionalised character of large prison complexes and as instance of a new wave of reformism. Far from being an unproblematic phenomenon, this workshop aims at a critical discussion of the thoeries and ideas that ground the Prison House gathering contributions from the field of architecture and criminology inside and outside academia.

Organized by Sabrina Puddu with the supervision of Martino Tattara and Kristel Beyens.
KU Leuven, Department of Architecture, Research group Architecture, Interiority, Inhabitation A2I
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Criminology Department, Research Group Crime & Society, Research Line Penality & Society.
With the participation of NGOs De Huizen and Rescaled

The workshop will run as a hybrid in person/online format. Webinar Link
If you wish to attend in person, please send an email to: sabrina.puddu@kuleuven.be


1) KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture – Paleizenstraat 65-67 – 1030 Schaarbeek – Hall
13:00 Visit to the exhibition ‘Rural Postcards. Productivity and “idyll” in a Belgian prison farm’. Instagram: @territories-of-incarceration


2) LUCA School of Arts – Paleizenstraat 70 – 1030 Schaarbeek – Room A3.01

13:30 Sabrina Puddu (KU Leuven) – Introduction
The cell and the bedroom: privacy and solitude as enforced conditions or desired privileges.
13:45 Martino Tattara (KU Leuven and Dogma)
Ichnographia Cellae
14:05 Jana Robberechts (VUB) (tbc)
The ‘total cell’
The kitchen: collectiveness as risk and value.
14:30 Sabrina Puddu (KU Leuven)
From in-cell eating and meal-lines to collective and domestic kitchens
14:45 An-Sofie Vanhouche (VUB)
Prison foodways

15:00 Roundtable discussion – Respondents:
Hilde Heynen (KU Leuven), Kristel Beyens (VUB),
Helene De Vos (KU Leuven, De Huizen/Rescaled)


15:30 Coffee Break


15:45 Ann Heylighen and Céline Ramioul (KU Leuven)
Learning from care architecture to design for humane detention
16:00 Gideon Boie (KU Leuven)
Can architecture heal? Prison Gear
16:15 Jesse Honsa and Sabrina Puddu (KU Leuven)
Restorative justice and cohabitation. Reviewing Nils Christie’s ‘Beyond Loneliness and Institutions. Commune for extraordinary people.’

16:30 Roundtable discussion – Respondents:
Aurelia Bijnens (Rescaled), Second respondent tbc

*This workshop is part of Sabrina Puddu’s research project Territories of Incarceration. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship.